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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Happy Birthday, Dad!

Today is my Ah-mazingly cool Dad's birthday! 
I am so thankful that I lucked out and got this man as a father. I seriously won the lottery or something when I was in utero. He has been the most supportive parent a child could ask for throughout all my highs and lows in my life PLUS he's just a chill dude who's great to just hang with.
Happy Birthday, Dad!

Keeping Up With Resolutions: March

Pretty sure there is no other way to put it but March was a EPIC FAIL for my Resolutions this month. I was even tempted to not do the post this month out of utter disappointment with myself. But I want to be truthful with myself and with y'all....this month was rough.

Read a book every month:
FAILED. I barely had time to read a magazine article let alone a whole book. I'm hoping to double up next month to make up for this month. Maybe....

Learn a new art form/technique: 
I picked up my paint brush once this month. Shameful.

If I must eat pizza, only one a month:
Success by complete accident. I had a singular (yes, you read right) slice when it was served on set. One may say I was able to achieve it by solely not having time to eat.

Eat more leafy greens:
I'll give myself a B- on this one. I continued to eat more leafy greens then normal but not as much as I think I should

Cook/bake 2 new recipes a month:
Um, I know I cooked at some point this month but I can't remember if it was a new recipe. My brain is fried.....like the egg dishes I maaaay have made.

Keep in better contact with my Mom's friends:
While I didn't have a chance to write Helen (my mother and grandmother's friend) she did send me an amazingly touching letter that had a clipping of my parent's wedding enclosed (saved from 1979!). I've already pre-planned her gift for the month of April though.

Travel to 2-3 new (to me) cities in the US by the end of the year:
Still living off the high of my trip to Wyoming

So, I think it's pretty safe to say that March was a failure of a month for my resolutions but I have high hopes for next month!

Have you been able to keep up with your resolutions?

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Double Whammy

Today my little baby Kahlo is going in for surgery on BOTH her backend knees. Double whammy wow.
It's going to cost a pretty penny (let's just say it is over 1,000) but honestly, it's worth it. She's still young and has many years ahead of her. Her issue is something that has gotten worse within the last year and has honestly made me want to cry whenever she walks around my house. I know this is something I shouldn't admit buuuuuut she's kinda my favorite. 
Needless to say, I will not be totally focused at work today until I know that she is okay. They will be keeping her for a day or two for observation too. What will I do without her?

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Adopt a Bike

I've been debating with myself whether or not I should purchase a new bike. It basically consumes all my free time thoughts (which are minimal) during the day....it's actually starting to drive me a little nuts. It's rather pathetic and perhaps unhealthy.
I've narrowed my choices down to two bikes:
1) a bike that is currently owned by a fellow crew member on the film I'm on. It's about a year old and fits me (almost) perfectly. It's about 200 more than I'd like to spend but the current owner has taken excellent care of it and also added some nice little personalized upgrades. The downside is I'd have to switch he pedals (they are clips) as well as switch it from a fix gear to single speed.
2) This bike is aesthetically what I want. I love the color as well as the over all frame (which can hold my bike lock as I ride). It's also a tad more in my price range and I wouldn't have to do any major changes off the bat. Downsides are that it doesn't ride as smooth as the other bike. Also, it's an aluminum frame which isn't as friendly to your lady bits while hitting the million pot holes all throughout the city.
I have a feeling I may go with the fellow crew member's bike. He's a cool dude who I work with fairly often....meaning he's not just a random sleeze-bag from craiglist who would rip me off. I'm sure he's actually cutting me a deal.
It's such a nerdy thing to be obsessing over. 

Also
I've been trying to ride my bike to work more often now that we are filming somewhat closer to my house. It tacks on another hour to my already long work day but I can't justify not doing it in my crazy mind.....
My question to y'all is: What music are y'all listening to that helps pump you up? I need some new music for my early morning and VERY late bike ride evenings.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Sometimes.....the work edition

Sometimes.... my diet is solely Red Bulls and popcorn
Sometimes.... I zone out and play my favorite movies in my head
Sometimes....I average 3-4 hours of sleep a night.
Sometimes..... I take 5-10 minute cat naps in the restroom in order to survive and possible not collapse into a narcoleptic sleep while standing
Sometimes..... I don't wash my hair from Monday to Friday
Sometimes..... I hate that I work with actors/actresses I grew up obsessed with.
Sometimes.... I wear lace bras under my work cloths in order to feel somewhat like a girl and not a grungy boy.
Sometimes..... my perfume in just a mixture of bug spray and sunscreen.
Sometimes..... I don't get a chance to have a moment to step away and pee until late afternoon/evening.
Sometimes....I'm the only woman on set in a group of 40-50 men.
Sometimes..... I fantasy what it would be like to have a normal 9-5 job.
Sometimes.... I am in utter shock/amazement/happiness that I work in the job field that I've wanted to work in since I was 10 years old....and it completely makes me forget all my complaints that I just listed.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Time Out

Pretty sure the only reason I kept Jackson's crate from when he was a little puppy is for the sole purpose of putting Maysles in time out. Yes, I realize it's crazy I put one of my cats in time out but this cat can get into MAJOR trouble. I have a scar of my face from when I was blissfully sleeping and he decided to use it as a trampoline. He also doesn't understand personal space, how to not rip apart a door if you try to lock him out in order to do this like sleep, that he shouldn't be feed everyone 2 hours, and that he really doesn't want to go outside....ever.
I never had a male cat growing up. My parents forbid the male gender from our animal household. After having my first male cat I completely understand why.
Sorry if this is an upsetting post but I have seriously not been able to sleep peacefully for about a week in a half due to this little hell-raiser PLUS I've been working 16 hour days in the heat and running my ass off (not at the gym, but at work).
Pretty sure this post is gibberish.
Sorry.

Does anyone else have a HELL-RAISING cat?!?!?!
I love him but sometimes he drives me craaaaazy!

Monday, March 19, 2012

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This weekend was kinda perfect for what I needed after a very long and stressful week.
It was filled with bike rides, dinner with friends (and parents of friends), seeing the movie Shame (which I highly recommend!), multiple trips to Whole Foods (to which I bought copious amounts of juice for the week), and time with John (although he sadly was only home for one day before leaving again for work).
I know it's only Monday but I'm already ready for the weekend.
Who else is with me?

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Creepy Cat Lady of the Day Award

Pretty sure I'd win the Creepy Cat Lady of the Day Award for two reasons:
1) I took Kahlo to the vet today for her yearly check-up/shots which always makes me an emotional wreck. Her little cries from her crate stab me right through the heart every time.
She has some weird knee issue that makes her have a weird limp and a guerrilla like walk. It originally was only her left knee that had this problem but now her right knee is starting to develop it while her left knee has gotten even worse. I have to take her to a orthopedic specialist and get x-rays now to see if she needs surgery.
Here is where the creepy cat lady moment came in....upon hearing all these things in my already fragile state (which I swear they have it noted on her chart that I am high strung mother) I burst in to tears. Yup, TEARS. So embarrassing but I really couldn't help it. I feel like it's my fault which they assured me it wasn't and complimented me heavily about how healthily she is beyond this one little genetic hiccup but still, it took me about 5 minutes to collect myself.
2) Today is Malick's 4th birthday! What does a truly creepy cat lady do? Buy her ALL her favorite foods and give them to her. Today she had a few licks of ice cream, the inside of a tomato slice, nibbles off my tofu chicken, and her OWN (not shared with the other cats) can of tuna cat food.
Honestly, I don't think she knew what hit her.
Malick at 9 weeks old
So what do y'all think? Did I win the Creepy Cat Lady of the Day Award or what?

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Happy Ides of March!

My family has a bunch of oddball traditions that I absolutely love and hope to continue one day with my family. One of my favorites is the Ides of March.
Every year my Dad and I give each other a book and inscribe it with "Happy Ides of March" and the year we gifted it. I have no idea why my Dad decided to start this tradition with me when I was 14. He's a kooky man who made history super fun for my brother and I growing up. Pretty sure this tradition is a perfect example
I love finding books that are inscribed at used book stores. It's fun to make up stories in my mind about the person who gifted it and the person who received it. I cherish all the books my Dad has given/inscribed to me but who knows, maybe one day someone will buy a used book that reads "Happy Ides of March, Love Dad"

Working for the Weekend

John is currently out of town working on a TV pilot while I am at home filming freakishly long hours and being a "single mama" to our 4 adorable pets. It seriously kills me to leave them for 14-16 hours a day. 
Even though we have someone stop by to check on them and walk Jackson it still feels horrible. I want to stay in bed with them for at least 2 more hours and take Jackson for epically long walks, damn it!
And on that note.....I literally have had this song stuck in my head since Tuesday morning.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

TREAT YO-SELF Tuesday: March 13th

This week's TREAT YO-SELF is brought to you due to spending 13-16 hours a day on my feet at work and only truly resting them (via sleep) for 3-4 hours.
I treated myself to a pedicure. Not just one of those cheap places you fear you may get a staph infection from (but damn, do your nails look good) but a legit place that you are given champagne/wine/coffee-to-sober-up at all while moaning with sheer ecstasy over the glory of it all.
Did I truly need to go to a fancy salon to get my pedicure? Nope. Did I enjoy the "complimentary" booze I was given? Maybe a little to much. Are my feet thanking me for FINALLY paying attention to them? Yes. Yes. Yessssssssss.

Note: I also treated myself by filling my gas tank ALL the way to Full. Price: At least 2 fancy pedicures.

How did y'all TREAT YO-SELF this week?

Monday, March 12, 2012

BRING IT!

YO Monday....BRING IT!
And tell those annoying work week friends of yours (aka Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, AND Friday) I'm coming for them too!
Y'all won't defeat me this week!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Here is what my life is like lately:
Wake up at 2:50am (yes, you read that right AM), drive a hour to work, finish around 730pm, drive a hour home, do copious amounts of chores around the house, ice my feet and if I'm lucky shower, pass out around 945pm......repeat. But hey, I'm living the dream, right?
Please bare with me if my post lack this week.

Oh, and HAPPY HUMP DAY!
How is everyone else's week going?


Note: The picture above is of my grandmother when she was around my age!!!!